Lorequest: Dark Souls Part 1- “Gwyn’s Wife”

 

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WordPress seems to think that by having 199 published posts and 1 private one, I’ve actually published 200 posts. Well, it’s wrong. And to prove that its wrong, I’m going to give it something it never expected to see- a Dark Souls Lorequest. As you’ll read in the actual entry, Dark Souls and I have an awkward past, to say the least, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go completely nonsensical with how I try to dig lore out of it!

If anything, it means the exact opposite.

 

Have fun~

 


 

 

Anor Londo, the aloof city of the gods that looms high above Lordran proper. It's where our sad little story starts.

Anor Londo, the aloof city of the gods that looms high above Lordran proper. It’s where our sad little story starts. 1.

 

So, this was something that I’ve been wanting to talk about for a long, long time. See, Dark Souls and I have a relatively brief but storied past. I should really just make a blog post on that game to try to explain exactly why I have the mass of confused and tangled feelings that I have for the game but that… well, it would be a huge pain in my rear. Like, a colossal one. It would be much more natural to just record the whole thing vocally and not worry about transcribing down every word. Plus, my friend Alec (who helped to develop this Gwyn’s Wife theory with me) would probably love to contribute too, since he’s of a similar mindset. That mindset being that Dark Souls is… good. Not great, not amazing. Good. Alec didn’t find too much enjoyment out of it and stopped before he completed the game. Meanwhile I found the game, of all things, easy. Easy enough to bore me midway through NG+. So I stopped and now when I play the game, I just do it to wander around and dress up in ridiculous outfits.

And let’s the honest, Shadow of the Colossus is better for that, amirite? Yaimrite.

So, onto the theory!

Alright, so pretty much everybody realizes that Solaire is the fabled Firstborn of Gwyn. It’s pretty much a universally-accepted fact amongst the community (although, there are still a few defenders for Andre of Astora). We’re going to be referencing that ‘fact’ throughout this. For those of you unfamiliar, the Firstborn of Gwyn is an enigmatic character who wielded the power of sunlight and was a god of war in Anor Londo. However, “acting foolishly,” (Ring of the Sun’s Firstborn), he was banished and wiped from history. Because his dad is a huge donkey.

Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight (plus faithful knights) looking raggedy and awful, as per usual. 2.

Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight (plus faithful knights) looking raggedy and awful, as per usual. 2.

Additionally, I’m going to be fusing all of this with another theory of mine— that Dark Sun Gwyndolin’s snakes are signs of corruption by the Primordial Serpent. Hence his connection to Frampt even though, as we see with the Dark Lord ending, the Primordial Serpents are all shown to be raging lunatics and servants of evil. This would also explain why he was so shunned, to some degree. Or just, and again this is my own interpretation here, his dad was just a massive jerk.

Gwyndolin, lonely Darkmoon god of Anor Londo. Notice the -freaking snakes- 2.

Gwyndolin, lonely Darkmoon god of Anor Londo. Notice the -freaking snakes- 2.

So, I propose that Anastasia of Astora is the disgraced wife of Gwyn. Yes, the one underneath Firelink Shrine who can’t say anything.

To start off, it’s shown that gods are indeed born in Dark Soul’s world. Gwyndolin’s robe says, “The power of the moon was strong in Gwyndolin, and thus he was raised as a daughter. (also, what does moon power have to do with being a daughter? Gwynevere has an affinity for sunlight and is a daughter.) In other words, yes, the divine are born rather than simply being omnipresent (it’s debatable if the Lords are even omnipresent. I’m trying my best to not have a meltdown about the infamous Allfather Lloyd right now and it’s barely working!). Oh and Gwynevere was married off to “Flame God Flann (whoever the heck that is),” in accordance with the Ring of the Sun Princess’ item description.

But hey, where IS Anastasia in Anor Londo then? Gwynevere’s cathedral shows Gwyn, herself, and a space where the Firstborn used to be.

OR IS IT? I would like to put forward that the Firstborn actually was not supposed to be in that location on that empty plinth. Instead, I think that Gwyndolin was supposed to be there and all mention of the Firstborn was removed from Anor Londo. For, if the Firstborn was indeed first-born, he would be the elder of both Gwynevere and Gwyndolin. And if we presume that gods aren’t just born mature adults then the statue of Gwnivere in her cathedral wouldn’t have been built until she was a fully-grown adult. Oh and she would preferably have to be an adult because she had an entire freaking cathedral built to herself. So, this may mean that Solaire was exiled from Anor Londo before said cathedral was built. As such, the open plinth was left open for Gwyndolin.

Said open plinth, devoid of its original occupant. 1.

Said open plinth, devoid of its original occupant. 1.

However, as we all know, Gwyndolin was raised away from the public eye. Probably because of the whole ‘snakes’ situation. And his dad was a massive wad. So, the plinth was left open.

A little bit more background information before we go on with the actual theory (presented in a truncated narrative format!) The statues that have puzzled players to no end, those that show a large robed woman holding a child that is, in turn, holding a sword, can only be representing the Firstborn and his mother. Their close proximity to Firelink Shrine, the Undead Parish, and the Warriors of Sunlight Shrine make it pretty clear that, despite this still just being a theory, it makes a tremendous amount of sense. The robed appearance of the mother holding the child is… an interesting one, however. And I think this can be explained in two different ways.

Either:

A: Gwynevere got her fashion sense from her mother and chose to wear hooded robes (albeit with significant cleavage enhancements). Meaning, Anastasia always dressed that way and the statues of her holding a baby Solaire were made in honour of the birth of a new god of the Great Lord. Or:

A giant, glowing Gwynevere showing her fashion sense and enormous tracts of land- such as it is to be divine and gifted like that. 2.

A giant, glowing Gwynevere showing her fashion sense and enormous tracts of land- such as it is to be divine and gifted like that. 2.

B: The statue was made post-exile of both Anastasia and Solaire by those who remember them. A narrative theme (if there’s any at all in Dark Souls [any narrative, I mean— zing]) in Dark Souls is the deconstruction of legends. Such as making the Lords the easiest damn fights in the whole game and making Seath, the Lord’s trump card in the war against the dragons an utter raving lunatic (which may pr may not be a Moonlight Greatsword stealth pun). So, if somebody constructed the statues after both Anastasia and the Firstborn’s fall from grace, the craftsmen were probably working off of a legend and not concrete fact. Which is a huge roundabout way to say: The statue’s placements make sense relative to Anastasia’s resting place and her traveling clothes.

Traveling clothes, you say? Why yes! By presenting the meat of this theory in a semi-narrative format, I hope to explain such mysteries! So here we go already.

 

Anastasia, the Lady of Dawn, was very close to her firstborn child. Creatively named the Firstborn, he was both of his parent’s favourites. However, after the birth of Gwynevere but before the birth of Gwyndolin, an incident now lost to history disgraced the Firstborn. Gwyn made the difficult decision to exile his firstborn son, casting him down into the mortal world. Anastasia was distraught over this decision and her resentment for her husband began to grow.

What I interpret the Firstborn to actually have once looked like. Or a rough approximation. At least he's wearing -shoes- unlike his stupid dad and brother. 1.

What I interpret the Firstborn to actually have once looked like. Or a rough approximation. At least he’s wearing -shoes- unlike his stupid dad and brother. 1.

This was only made worse when her second son, Gwyndolin, was born. Being frail of body and feminine in constitution, Anastasia knew he could never replace her dear Firstborn. The snakes growing from his body was also a bad omen that Anastasia couldn’t ignore. As time passed, she grew more hateful of her child being raised in secret. Eventually, she saw that the snakes were not a simple sign of defect, but of a much darker corruption. She became aware that the opening to the Abyss caused by Manus over in Ooacle was instigated by a Primordial Serpent. Fearing Anor Londo’s corruption and Gwyn’s inaction towards his clearly-doomed child (when he had early banished the Firstborn so easily), Anastasia plotted to reveal her son to the world. This was made all the worse for her when her daughter was married off to the aloof Flame God Flann and Gwyn left, without even a farewell to his wife, to rekindle the First Flame. Her own resentment for Gwyndolin being unable to replace her Firstborn and her hate for her own husband fueled her in no small part in her decision. Indeed, she could almost be seen to act out of spite against the memory of Gwyn.

Anastasia was able to determine that a man fitting the description of her Firstborn had been seen wandering throughout Astora in the mortal world. So, stealing away into the night (figuratively since Anor Londo doesn’t seem to like the nighttime too much), Anastasia donned the robes of a simple cleric and began to search Astora for her beloved child. Her goal was to find the Firstborn first and ensure he was protected when agents of divine vengeance eventually came for her head once she exposed her son to the mortals, an act of the highest blasphemy. Although, it’s interesting to remember that by this point, many of the gods would have fled from Anor Londo and the world was being ravaged by the undead, so it’s a mystery as to who exactly would listen to the incognito Anastasia when she told them about Gwyndolin.

Anastasia in her traveling disguise at Firelink shrine, her final destination in her search for the Firstborn. 1.

Anastasia in her traveling disguise at Firelink shrine, her final destination in her search for the Firstborn. Her choice of clothing here could reflect her earlier life, as she’s seen wearing robes in her statues. It all depends on how you interpret the above conundrum regarding her clothing choice and its relation to Gwynevere. 1.

However, Velka and her Blades of the Darkmoon caught wind of her plans before they could be put into effect. Anastasia managed to evade the agents for a time and even escaped to Lordran, where she heard that her son was attempting to fulfill the Undead Prophecy.

As a quick aside: I personally think that Velka is the main guiding force in Dark Souls, appearing as the huge raven that takes you to Lordran, being the narrating voice throughout the game, creating the Prophecy of the Undead to take vengeance on the mad Lords, and placing the doll in your cell for you to retrieve and visit Priscilla with. I might do a shorter Lorequest on that later.

Anyway~

Confronted in what later be called Firelink Shrine, Anastasia was finally corned by the Blades of the Darkmoon. Velka, understanding her need to be in the shadows to orchestra coming events, left the Blades in Gwyndolin’s hands. As such, it was his task, as a show of loyalty and power as the last god in Anor Londo, to punish his mother for her blasphemy. And so, the agents of the Blades of the Darkmoon defeated Anastasia in combat and silenced her godly powers.

Anastasia, again in her traveling clothes, about to defend herself against the agents of the Darkmoon. 1.

Anastasia, again in her traveling clothes, about to defend herself against the agents of the Darkmoon (I know it’s chaos magic she’s casting but I had to think of something!). 1.

To add insult to injury, Anastasia had her divine soul infused with humanity and had her legs slashed. Her white robes were singed black and covered with ash as the Lady of Dawn became the Ash Maiden. Bound beneath the earth and kept close to the spot where her husband sacrificed himself (probably a move by Gwyndolin to reinforce to his mother just how important Gwyn was and how much he tried to save the world, if not himself and his family), Anastasia was doomed to become a guardian of the bonfires that represented the sparks of a much greater fire that her husband burned for and with.

Anastasia locked inside of her cell beneath the bonfire of Firelink shrine. Her Dingy outfit just a soiled version of the Maiden outfit which is worn as, "part of [the traveling maiden's] formal attire, regardless of rank," (Maiden Set description) making it the ideal traveling attire for Anastasia. 1.

Anastasia locked inside of her cell beneath the bonfire of Firelink shrine. Her Dingy outfit just a soiled version of the Maiden outfit which is worn as, “part of [the traveling maiden’s] formal attire, regardless of rank,” (Maiden Set description) making it the ideal traveling attire for Anastasia. 1.

That’s the theory, anyway. Of course, I have no way to prove that any of this happened (like most of what happens in Dark Souls lore- zing) but if Anastasia was traveling under an assumed identity and/or in disguise, it’s possible that history just never chose to remember her on her mortal adventures. Though I can’t really explain why a couple of the statues of her and Solaire, two disgraced gods, would still be standing. I’m just going to mulligan that one, I think. But, there’s also a handful of smaller details that can be gleaned from the story above.

 

  1. The Velka-themed miracle called Vow of Silence is used to disable all magic casting in an area. Not only would that declaw a divine being by removing their ability to use miracles and the like but the word “silence” alongside Anastasia’s muteness is worth nothing. Interesting, even after having her voice restored, she says, “…Forgive me…I am impure, my tongue never intended for restoration…Please, if you have any heart…Leave me be…I wish not to speak…” Not like I can blame her, with the huge crow standing near her at all times.
An agent of Velka casting the Vow of Silence miracle which cancels out magic in an area. 1.

An agent of the Darkmoon casting the Vow of Silence miracle which cancels out magic in an area. 1.

1.5. Interesting though, Anastasia remarks that she wishes to, “die human,” and be free of the curse of the undead. I take this to mean that she wants to die without turning hollow so she can be closer to her beloved Firstborn after death since he too is just a mere human now.

  1. After Anastasia’s soul is returned to her from Lautrec and the first Lord Soul is deposited into Firelink Altar, she instantly kindles the Firelink Shrine bonfire to maximum strength. Since (as far as I know) bonfires are indeed tiny First Flames, given that they revert the time stream back to normal and allow you to channel souls to empower yourself, Anastasia’s power over them in conjunction with a Lord Soul makes sense. Given that she’s Gwyn’s wife, she has a connection the Lord Souls, even if she isn’t a Lord herself. By returning a familiar power to a familiar location (the place where her husband descended down into the Kiln), Anastasia’s power would have also increased.
  2. Anastasia’s soul makes mention of her imprisonment, “Was the Ash Maiden locked in this dark prison for some transgression, or by her own will?” I think the former is true. She was crippled so she couldn’t leave her cave but also crippled so she couldn’t bring havoc to the world and exposing her son as a snake-wearing bastard. Her attempt to find her disgraced now-mortal son also probably gets tallied against her. Her robes also make mention of her maiming: “Perhaps its former wearer (referring to Anastasia’s death at the hands of Lautrec) was maimed to prevent escape?”
  3. I can’t entirely place this idea of mine, but I think it’s worth nothing that Lautrec takes Anastasia’s sole to Anor Londo, inside of Gwynevere’s cathedral.
  4. Anastasia being known as “from Astora” shows a connection with Solaire’s own relationship with the place. It provides evidence for them both spending lots of time there before eventually moving on to Lordran.
  5. The crow’s (thus, Velka’s) constant vigil over the Shrine shows that even now Anastasia is being watched. Her muteness at the game’s beginning is so she could not spread her blasphemy to your ears. Additionally, she still barely even talks once given the ability to again. That’s because mama Velka’s watching! Then again, you can just kill Gwyndolin and his stupid snakes anyway, regardless if you hear it from Anastasia or not. Anarchy wins again.
  6. Interestingly, if Anastasia is better off dead for the good for everybody, I always thought that Gwyndolin’s Darkmoon bounty on Lautrec could be a hint that he still cares for his mother. Or he’s just really into his job and doesn’t care who needs avenging. OR he just wants her to live out eternity while being miserable.
The enormous crow that hangs out around Firelink Shrine is, according to the infallible wisdom of ME, is a representation of Velka's watch over Anastasia. 1.

The enormous crow that hangs out around Firelink Shrine is, according to the infallible wisdom of ME, is a representation of Velka’s watch over Anastasia. 1.

 

Here’s another funny note. Lord’s Blade Ciaran expresses disdain for humans, saying, “Hmph, you humans… Always taking what you please. Then, I shall do the same,” if you choose to attack her while she mourns over Artorias’ grave. Which is totally metal, by the way. And her armour is totally worth it. Anyway, it shows that there is a feeling of distaste amongst the more godly folk of Lordran. A theory was kicked around a while back citing that people like Ornstein and Artorias are so much larger than the player character because they’re A: Not human and B: In a state of being that gives them much more power than a human. In other words, even the servants of the divine are notably separate from humans. Now, if we look at Oswald and what he says about humanity, namely, “Tis only human to commit a sin *freakish laughter,” we see that humanity not only has a reputation for weakness but also for sin.

My, how fitting for a disgraced god! Condemned into a human form like her dearest son and meant to bear a soul of “swarms of humanity” in her chest.

I think that’s all I got for this theory. If I remember anything else later, I’ll add it as a footnote at the bottom. For right now, though, I’ll just let this almost-totally groundless and baseless theory based off of a botched text conversation between Alec and I (where I accidentally insinuated that Anastasia was Gwyn’s wife and we realized it might not be that insane after all [we were probably wrong in thinking that, though]) stew on the internet for a bit.

 

Oh and as a sidenote, Seath didn’t make Priscilla by having sex (consensual or otherwise) with Gwynevere. Because that theory reeks of grimderp and 2edgy4me ballyhoo.

 

 

 

Untilwe meet again, Questers!

 

 


 

 

I feel like I should do at least one more section on Dark Souls but, like Majora’s Mask, I really don’t have much to say beyond what I already have. Everything else is either pretty well-known (Solaire being the Firstborn) or something I’ve already kind of talked about (Velka’s involvement in the story). So we’ll see. You know what I really need to do, though? Update the freaking Lorequest page so its at least somewhat relevant!

But that takes woooooork.

 

 

Good luck, you brave writer (and gamer) folk!

 

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  1. Pictures courtesy of ME. Since I got my game capture up and running for an afternoon.
  2. Pictures from the Dark Souls wiki. The best one.

 

 

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Five Sentence Fiction: A Much-Needed Distraction

 

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Even though I really am trying to not have my Five Sentence Fiction stories not just reflect my real life all the time, I feel like this one ended up being okay since I never really explicitly stated anything about myself. Oh and I never actually crashed into a tree. It was a telephone pole. And it was cold as all heck. And icy. Really, it was just a bad time. And it certainly didn’t give me anything that could be considered much-needed.

Although it did give me time to play Dragon Age: Origins. Not like that was something I was terribly happy with either, though.

But I did stay home from school that day, which was neat!

 

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Word of Inspiration: Diversions

Word Count: 131

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Title: A Much-Needed Distraction

 

I thought that I simply couldn’t take it anymore, I wasn’t thinking of doing anything stupid or rash mind you, I just really wanted to get away from it all— from grocery shopping and board meetings and prime time television. This life with so little to do and so much expected of you; a life filled with idiots pretending to be kings and geniuses with the voices of mice.

So, like the dumb grad student I had just finished being, I got into my car and started driving through the hazy night. I didn’t even notice the way the car swerved or the tree rapidly approaching me until I thought back on the night from my hospital bed.

I found this little bit of sidetracking to be exactly what I needed.

 

 

 


 

 

Well, I was hoping to get this post out before it became June 1st but since this website seems to run on mysterious pseudo-seconds, I’ll just think of this as a christening of this month. I probably would have gotten this out sooner if I wasn’t distracted and hated the pre-writing stress of these totally unscripted and unrehearsed intros and outros. Perhaps I am a fool for expecting myself to actually make something coherent and sensible out of these.

Oh and watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s doesn’t help much either. Curse you, Truman Capote and your ability to write engagingly human characters that I can’t look away from even as they do nothing at all! Also, I realize that Capote didn’t write the film but still!

 

 

Good luck, you brave writer folk!

 

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Lorequest: Chivalry, Part 1- “Kingdom of Agatha”

 

UPDATE, 2-2-2015: In light of the somehow steady streaming of traffic on this page and Part 2 of the Chivalry Lorequest, I am A: Confused, considering how rough and crude these two entries are, and B: Am interested in eventually updating these two entries so they are more up-to-snuff with the writing ability and picture quality of the latter two entries in this Lorequest series.

ALSO: Why are there so many hits coming from an Argentinian Chivalry forum? Of all places in the world. Makes a man wonder!

 

 

Well hello there, I didn’t see you come in. I do hope you wiped your feet on the entry mat before walking all over my carpet. I’ll just assume that you are a person who values hospitality and hates the mortal sin of dirt as much as I do, so let’s just get on with our LOREQUEST.

Seeing as how this is the first entry of this little series, I’ll have to give it a bit of exposition. Lorequest is a series in which I take video games with vague or sparse stories/lore and I try to fill in the gaps using the context clues and hints in the game itself. I will trying to sty as true to the game itself as possible, meaning I’ll try to avoid making random leaps of faith or wildly guessing. I think this whole theorizing of games is actually quite fun to do and to read about, see Majora’s Mask Stone Tower Temple theories for an example of the latter. It feels like an archeological hunt for lost knowledge and can actually help jump-start creativity. After all, if any of you out there are authors, published or otherwise, and are working with lore-heavy books/subjects such as fantasy, science fiction, alternate history, etc., then looking for gaps in lore can help figure out what kind of lore you want to fill your own stories.

Hmm. I should make a “Reflection” piece about that sometime. I do love lore so.

Anyway, on with the show.  For this first part, I’ll be talking about what I’ve found for the Kingdom of Agatha from Torn Banner Studio’s Chivalry: Medieval Warfare.

Have fun~

 


 

 

Firstly, I’d like to blame Steam Summer Sale for making me buy this game- 80% off was just too good a deal to pass up. Almost immediately I became interested in the lore of the game’s world, particularly about the history behind the two main game factions, the Kingdom of Agatha and the Mason Order. So, I quickly turned my watchful eye and bullhonky generators up to 11 in search of knowledge about the kingdoms at war. In this entry I’ll be looking more at the Kingdom of Agatha and its relative history.

So, let’s begin-

 

Some usual Kingdom of Agatha sayings/battle-cries. Just to set the tone of things:

 

  • General Philosophy

“Respect your superiors.”

“Die with valour.”

“Fight with honour.”

“Defend the weak and innocent.”

“Act in the best interest of your king and countrymen.”

“Praise the gods for all they give us.”

 

  • Battle-cries

“Fight for Honor, Live with Honor, Die with Honor!”

“Good will prevail!”

“Honour and glory!”

“For the gold and white!”

“For Argon!”

“For the blue and gold!”

“For the Cross and Lion!”

 

 

 

Agatha Knights

The flag, sigil, and colours of House Argon and thus, Kingdom of Agatha.

The Agathian heraldry featured gold and white crosses and lions are usually present over a blue background. These colours and symbols work well with the primary Agathian motto of “Fight for Honor, Live with Honor, Die with Honor,” emphasizing their civilized take on the code of chivalry. However, as the map description of Stonehills shows, the Agathian Knights might value chivalry, but there are still some darker undertones in their philosophies.

 

So, working off of what the entry cutscene provides, King Alfonso Argon had just reunited the Kingdom of Agatha three years before the actual war between Agatha and the Order. Though I cannot say exactly what war was being fought, against whom, or for how long, certain members of the Mason Order have aroused some theories of my own.

  • Theory Entry: Looking at a map “Outpost,” one can see that the Mason Order is diverse outside of its “elite order” roots (something that the training mode cutscene talks about). It appears to have recruited more barbaric mountain tribesman into their cause and the Masons have been instructing them on how to use siege weaponry- hence the siege weapon “training area” in one section of the barbarian fort. I reason that the civil war, perhaps one of the many civil wars fought by Agatha, involved those barbarians. Given their less-than-civilized nature, I wager that the civilized and chivalric Agathians waged a war of subjugation and conquest. So, naturally, the Mason Order decided to capitalize on that deep-seated hatred and take their into their cause.

Regardless, the Kingdom was gathering new men for an army to invade more “foreign lands.” It is probably this chaos that Malric takes advantage of when composing his Mason Order, even taking men right out of Agatha’s training camps, as the tutorial shows. This seems like a good time to go right into King Argon himself. This “foreign land,” is most likely the distant land of Tenosia. The map “Crusades” is set in Tenosia’s ruined capitol of Jarburdan. The map’s description claims that there was a certain amount of folly in Alfonso Argon’s crusade. There are plenty of parallels to the real-world Crusades in this scenario. The European Christians found themselves bogged down in their hot heavy armour and fighting on unfamiliar territory while the Middle-Eastern Muslims were well-acclimated to the climate and beat back the Christians at every turn. From that very simple historical fact alone, I can see why one would judge Alfonso’s crusade to be a bit foolish. However, I would also argue that the very idea of crusading across the ocean into foreign land just three years after unifying a huge kingdom would contribute to part of the folly.

  • Theory Entry: Given that the Mason Order, founded by Alfonso’s distant cousin and mighty general Malric Terrowin, is focused around strength and taking power from weaker individuals, I can only assume that the peace that came from Agatha’s victory was a somewhat disadvantageous one, or simply that Malric believed that Agatha could have continued the war to push its advantages. Looking at how the Mason Order apparently intrigrated barbarian tribes to fight for their cause, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to think that Malric saw those barbarians as potential assets to the Kingdom of Agatha before he defected to form the Order. Oh, and I suppose, like many other prominent men we will soon see, Malric believed Alfonso to be a mixture of weak, senile, and bloodthirsty, so Malric probably wanted to just take advantage of the instability after the king’s death as well as blame him for being weak and failing to serve his people.

 

I have no pictures of Alfonso himself, but I imagine he looks a lot like his nephew King Danum. As an aside, I do not know much about Danum, aside from the fact that, by tracing the history of the war (which will get its own separate entry), I can fathom that Danum is a less-aggressive king than his uncle Alfonso.

  • Theory Entry: Danum probably meant to separate himself from Alfonso after learning from his uncle’s bad example of over-extension and imperialism as well as the constant pressure on his kingdom by the Mason Order. That is why Danum is positioned in Stonehill’s Royal Palace and not on the offensive front. The history of the war also seemed to demand that Danum play defensively and try to defend the southern reaches of the Kingdom. The same will be said of Malric who appears in his Citadel. Also similar to Malric, Danum probably wants to ensure his own survival, since nearly an entire nation is following his lead, so staying alive in such a perilous time is of paramount importance. As we will see later with a man named Feydrid Kearn, being a person of interest on the front lines can have disastrous consequences.

On that note, I’ll insert this little picture here:

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King Alfonso’s cousin, Danum Argon protecting his throne in the Stonehills Royal Palace

 

 

So, with that picture in mind, imagine an older, probably less-deranged looking man as Alfonso Argon. Again, Alfonso appears to be a man of war, even though his kingdom had just recovered from a civil war, he was apparently gearing up for another imperialist campaign. More evidence of this is is in the map “Crusade,” seen below. This map shows architecture that is different than most of Agathian design, minus the dome of the Stonehills Royal Palace, oddly enough.

  • Theory Entry: Given the similarity of the Stonehills Royal Palace domes and the domes in the Tenosian capitol seen in the map “Crusades,” I speculate that Alfonso brought over some of the culture from the lands he conquered. I won’t say that the crusade in which he perished was the crusade, but it appears as thought Agatha and Tenosia have been enemies for quite some time, so the exchange of culture and architecture might have been possible in decades past.

 

Crusade City

Jarburdan in the hot summer sun

-The Tenosian capitol, Jaburdan seen in the map “Crusades.” Below you can see the similarities to the architecture of the Stonehills’ Royal Palace.

 

Hill City 1

The Royal Palace of Stonehills

-See? I’m not (that) crazy! They’re totally similar and I’m not just making stuff up!

 

Agatha King. 1

The monied and skillfully-created interior of the Stonehills Royal Palace

-Another interior shot of the Royal Palace. Why? Because I think it looks pretty, that’s why.

 

However, succession is not so clean in this world, it seems. There is another man, Feydrid Kearn, who supposedly was a prime supporter in Danum’s claim to the throne, who I frankly regard with suspicion.

Feydrid

Feydrid, the traitor-king and ill-fated enemy of the Mason Order

-Even though he may look like Danum, I suspect that is only a re-used model. Regardless, Feydrid is not an Argon, but he is still dressed as a king. Odd, yes?

  • Theory Entry: This may seem to be a bit of a leap, but I do not believe that Feydrid is an entirely noble character. This is purely my conjecture, but given that I think that the northern coastal siege in the map “Coldfront” is the first actual battle in the whole Agathian-Mason War. It is also the battle in which Feydrid is eventually killed. I think it is important to note that Feydrid is called a “King” in the map and after his coastal keep falls, he attempts to flee in a ship. This is in direct contrast to the actions of King Danum who wishes to stand and fight in the Stoneshills Royal Palace. This could simply be a gameplay choice so that the maps did not become repetitive, but if I didn’t take things wildly out of context, then what kind of finder-of-lore would I be? I believe that there was once a third faction in the early stages of the war- loyalists to Feydrid who wanted him to rise to power over both Malric and Danum. Feydrid could have played off of the failure of the Argon dynasty in much the same way that Malric did and proclaimed that Agatha would need a new dynasty if they were to last against Malric. Regardless, I believe that Feydrid only attempted to contact Danum for help once his prospects of achieving power by himself were all but snuffed out. The map “Coldfront” shows an abundance of battle damage outside of the castle’s walls, showing that the battle for the castle was neither quick nor clean. So, Feydrid’s power-mongering ended up holding back the Mason Order long enough for the main Agathian fleet to arrive at the Hillside city and long enough for Danum to take up residence in the Royal Palace in Stonehills. But, more on that in the war’s history post.
Feydrid 2

The naval and land onslaught against Feydrid’s castle sealed the usurper king’s fate

-And here is the Mason fleet just outside of Coldshore, which is what I’m going be calling Feydrid’s castle. Why? Because it’s a cool name that’s why AND I didn’t even notice that calling it “cool” would be a pun. Now I need to keep it!

 

So anyway, Alfonso Argon was killed due to Malric Terrowin’s meddling and thus, there was no immediate heir to the throne. Due to the cousin status of King Danum Argon, Malric Terrowin, who is himself a distant cousin of Alfonso Argon, the throne is certainly contested. After all, the Mason Order is not a foreign in power, it is a rebellion, so clearly Danum’s rule is not unilaterally supported. The only other thing I’ve learned about the state of the politics of the Kingdom of Agatha is that Danum Argon is not the only royal heir who support Agatha. Which is good, considering that I think that Danum was actually killed during the Battle of Stonehills.

  • Theory Entry: In the map “Dark Forest,” the description makes mention of how the Mason Order has succeeded to kill the filthy peasants of Stonehills and is bringing a cart of the dead sods to poison the Agathian water supply. Given that in order for the Mason Order to gather enough dead peasants for the task, it can only men that the Order actually succeeded to also lay siege to the Royal Palace and kill King Danum Argon. Furthermore, the description makes mention of a hidden mountain fortress where the “remaining heirs to the throne” are hiding. Therefore, the hope for Agatha lives on in that fortress. My interpretation of the history and timeline of the Agatha-Mason war says that the Agathians actually win the Battle of Dark Forest. So there. I’m an Agathian at heart. Sue me.

 

Dark Forest 2

The entrance to the fortress complex that spans the dark forest

-Behold the hidden mountain fortress inside the Dark Forest. It is where the last remaining heirs linger on.

 

As a final, more concrete note, I’d like to point out the principle morals of the Kingdom of Agatha. The map “Stonehills” gives a rather cynical description of why the Knights of Agatha would fight to protect their peasants:

A: Because the code of chivalry demands it.

B: Because the peasants work for the Knights and they are the Knights property that they can use and abuse as they will.

Either way, the Knights of Agatha seem to at least care somewhat about the basic code of Chivalry, even extending down from the knights proper to the more common men-at-arms and the archers. I take this to mean that the Agatha Knights is actually a united army rather than just actual knights.

Stoneshill Info

Even the level description knows how less-than-honourable knights can be sometimes.

-The Agathians, however noble, still don’t care that much about their FILTHY PEASANTS.

 

 

On a final note, I figure I’d give some screen-time to the mysterious capitol city of the Kingdom of Agatha, which was taken by the Mason Order years ago. The fighting was apparently intense around the area, lasting for “three days” until the Agathians start to starve out their enemies. Now, I personally know the least about this map, so if new information (i.e. pictures of the city) arises, I’ll make a little editor’s note and put them below.

 

Capitol

The Agathian capitol as seen from the sight of a crossbow

-The Kingdom of Agatha’s once-beautiful capitol city, now in ruins and viewed from the Agathian war camp just outside the walls.

 

And finally, I’d like to extend this theory about the Agatha docks, otherwise known as the “Hillside.”

  • Theory Entry: The “Hillside” map shows the fleet of Agatha arriving. Given where I believe this level is positioned on the map (something I will show in the war’s history section), I believe that “Hillside” is the first battle in which the true Agatha Knights do battle with the Mason Order. “Coldfront” shows the final battle between Feydrid’s loyalists and the Order, but once the royalists rallied behind Danum Argon and left Tenosia behind, they needed to arrive by sea, so they landed at “Hillside” first, where the Mason Order was clearly waiting for them. Given the loss at “Coldfront,” I suspect that the hidden correspondence between Danum and Feydrid was discovered in the letters and exchanges between the two, particularly towards the latter part of Feydrid’s short-lived “reign.” Thus, the Order was able to predict which of the harbours (of which there are many on the Agathian continent) that the Agatha Knights would arrive at. Or the Order just got lucky/had defences at all city ports. But that’s boring!

 

Agatha Fleet

Danum’s loyalist fleet making landfall

-The Agathian fleet appears on the shore near an unnamed port city of some great importance.

 

As per usual, I’m sure I’ll remember more things about Agatha later, so again, if I know what those things are, I’ll make a little editor’s note so that you all can LAUGH at my forgetfulness! Or not. You know, if you want. Up to you…

Brule

Do I even really need to put a caption here?

-“It’s up to you…”

 


 

  • Change Log:

July 5th, 2014: I added a new entry on Feydrid Kearn, who I hate. I think he is (or, was) a potential usurper to the throne and his death was not mourned by me!

 

So, enough of that for now! I do hope you’ve enjoyed the first entry into my “Lorequest” series. I’m sure I’ll cook another one of these up once I organize more of my research and can be bothered to talk about utterly fictional lore about an utterly fiction game.

It won’t be that long.

So, until later~

 

-END TRANSMISSION. GOOD MORNING, GOOD AFTERNOON, GOOD NIGHT-